Billy Jealousy is one of those companies that seems to make beard care accessible to just about everybody, you can find their products everywhere...It's easy to overlook this brand as they give off a decidedly "corporate" vibe, but there is still something to be said about being able to grab beard-specific products at the grocery store. I don't have a ton of experience with this brand, a couple of years ago I picked up one of their gift sets at Ulta just so that I could get the free brush that came with it...it wasn't a very good brush...but that's neither here nor there. It's been a while since I've tried their beard wash (or anything by this company, really), so I figured that now would be as good of a time as any to pick some up and give it a review. Let's see if their Original Gangster wash is legit, or just another one of those so-so offerings that you pick up once because it was convenient, and never buy again...
To put it plainly, this stuff smells great! A rich oud presence combines with a deep, earthy cedar and a sweet, fruity high note wrapped in a flinty smoke to create an awesome blend that smells like a high-end cologne. If Billy Jealousy created a candle in this scent, I would buy multiple just to make my entire house smell like this, it's really that good. Sadly, it doesn't seem to hang around that long after stepping out of the shower, I couldn't really smell any trace of this product on my beard after toweling it off.
How does it work?
If you're looking for a really awesome beard wash that cleans deep down, rinses cleanly, and leaves your beard feeling amazingly healthy...then keep looking, because this does none of those things. It works up into a nice, great smelling lather, but that's about it, in terms of up-side. It leaves a shitty, sticky feeling residue that is nearly impossible to rinse out. The amount of tangles it leaves in your beard would be downright astonishing, if it werent so annoying to try and finesse them all out with your comb. Speaking of combing, be prepared to find a frightening number of broken hairs in your comb after using this product. I can not imagine the damage that this stuff would do to your beard if you used it on a daily basis (I used it twice, and that was more than enough for me). As if all of this werent bad enough, there seems to be a certain ingredient in this product that's extremely skin-drying too.
The bottom line
As a beard wash, this stuff performs somewhere in between a cheap shampoo, and dish soap. The scent is admittedly nice, but there is no scent nice enough to justify abusing your beard this badly. Easy pass...
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance
$6 at billyjealousy.com